Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 224 - November 4 / November 17, 2012

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Phone 304-622-3681
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 224

November 4 / November 17, 2012

Venerable Joannicius the Great, Hieromartyr Nicander

Psalm 50/ 51:11

Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Eight people came for Divine Liturgy on November 3, 2012.

Six people came for the Akathist to the Cross on November 7, 2012. Seven people came for Adult Class.

Remember the 78 miners who lost their lives at Farmington on November 20, 1968. Remember their friends and families.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Thank God for the blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Important Dates

November 21 - Synaxis of Archangel Michael and other Bodiless Powers
November 22 - St. Nectarius of Pentapolis
November 24 - St. Stephen of Decani, King of Serbia
November 26 - St. John Chrysostom
November 28 - Nativity Fast Begins
November 29 - Holy Apostle Matthew
December 4 - Entry into the Temple of the Theotokos
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew
December 18 - Vespers for St. Nicholas
December 19 - St. Nicholas
December 26-27 - Winter Retreat for Youths-Shadeland

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!

2 Corinthians 2:14 - Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph of Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge.

Believers have the opportunity to share Christ with others. This sharing takes place best in relationships. In the Epistle of St. John we read: “If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

Thankfulness occurs when relationships are founded in God. When love is manifested in relationships, joy is experienced and gratefulness is declared. The presence of God is keenly felt in relationships based in God’s love.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “You will know them by their fruits.” (Mt .7:16) Relationships founded in God will yield the fragrance cited by the Holy Apostle Paul. Love will cause differences to be set aside and goodness will be revealed.

Individuals have abundant reasons to be thankful for healthy, wholesome, loving relationships. Individuals in healthy, wholesome, loving relationship are free of the impediments related to acrimony.

Power struggles in relationships reveal the absence of Christ. Christ is the supreme example of humility. Individuals working out differences in relationships do well to look to Christ. Individuals turning to Christ in sincerity will be thankful.

Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just as the Holy Apostle Paul wants believers to pray at all times, he also wants believers to be thankful to God at all times. Believers are called to lead active lives in Christ. Sitting and resting too long stifles growth.

The Christian life is shaped by the teachings of Christ, the Holy Apostles, the saints and martyrs. The Christian life is shaped by the Divine services of the Church. An observer will find ample references to giving thanks to God.

Prayer shapes a believer’s life. Giving thanks to God shapes a believer’s life. Giving thanks to God involves looking beyond the self to God as the source of goodness and blessings.

When God is viewed as the center and source of goodness and blessings, God is the defining point of reference for the believer. The believer’s self-image is directly affected by the believer’s view of and love for God.

Hunger for the nourishment of body and soul are satisfied through the ways blessed by God. The Holy Gospel and Holy Communion provide nourishment affecting the body and soul of the believer. God is due thankfulness for both.

Earthly life is time limited. Believers need to take time throughout life to give thanks to God. It would not be a fitting ending to life to depart this life without giving thanks to the Creator and Redeemer.

The Holy Apostle Paul exhibits no reservations in giving thanks to God. He places no conditions on giving thanks to God. While there is faculty of mind and life in the body, believers do well to heartily give thanks unto God.

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 4 / November 17, 2012

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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